Author: Carla Cooper (Page 2 of 18)

Is yerba mate good for you?

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Here are some of the awesome health benefits of Yerba Mate, on top of the tastiness of this drink ;)

yerba mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is an herbal infusion (tisane) made of yerba mate leaves. It is sometimes referred to as yerba mate tea, yerba mate, or simply mate. It is mostly grown in South American countries such as Brazil and Paraguay and is gaining popularity around the world due to its powerful benefits.

There are various benefits of yerba mate in our body. Essentially, yerba mate contains caffeine and antioxidants, the same components that coffees and teas are known for. An 8-ounce mug of generically brewed yerba mate contains about 85 mg of caffeine, which is comparably higher than that of green tea and black tea, but not as much as coffee. Caffeine in the body is helpful in stimulating our central nervous system, giving us physical alertness and improved mental capacity. It gives us mental clarity, allows us to focus more, and retain memory better.

white and brown labeled bottle

yerba mate also contains antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals that fight free radicals which causes cell deterioration and aging. Thus, having antioxidants in your diet helps you to fight cancer and slows the aging process. It does not only make you younger on the inside, but also on the outside.

This tea is also a diuretic, which means it makes you urinate more. The more you urinate, the more excess fluid is flushed out of your body and more harmful toxins go along with it. As the excess fluid is flushed out and the body’s metabolism is hastened (also an effect of the tea), weight loss is promoted. It is, in its most basic explanation, a way to flush out the bad stuff in your body through the bathroom.

Traditionally, yerba mate is a social beverage that is shared among friends and is served in households as a sign of hospitality. Today, yerba mate is drank anywhere, at anytime, and at any occasion. Surely, drinking a cup of yerba mate gives you not only a good feeling to start your day, but powerful benefits that helps you live life the healthy way.

Lose weight by drinking tea

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Table of Contents

How to Lose Weight with Tea| Natural Way to Get that Super Body Just by Drinking Tea!

Nowadays, lots of heavy advertisements on synthetic drugs and meds are out via online, through the counter or on your door steps, promising to help you get that lean, slim and sexy figure everybody desires.

There are exercises, pills, diets and many habits that are practiced by many, just to lose weight and get the perfect shape they want. But, do you know that there is still another way of effortlessly losing weight that requires just sitting back, relaxing and drinking? Yes there is. That is through enjoying a nice cup of tea.

Drinking tea may not be common to everyone. But do you know that next to water, tea ranks second to give you the most overall health benefits? Based on the researches made by dieticians, nutritionists and other health experts, drinking tea is advantageous in such a way that it can burn fats and calories in your body. This is the reason why most of the popular diet pills used teas as an ingredient.

Aside from burning your fats, teas can also boost your metabolism, lose your weight, boost your energy level, reduce body’s cholesterol, improves body endurance, detoxify and suppress your appetite.

How Does Tea Help Lose Weight?

The love to eat lots of food is perhaps a universal character to us all. We just love to eat! This is the fact that we cannot deny especially during events that foodies are overflowing. In such situations, we cannot control ourselves from eating too much and in return many fats and sugars get accumulated in our body which is then synthesized into an essential substance called triglyceride. This is the main constituent of natural fats and oils in our body. The process of synthesis acts in the small intestines and the liver then the triglyceride will be transported into the other parts of our body through the bloodstream.

How does it work?

Triglyceride, in reality, is a helpful substance because it provides energy for our body to function properly. Nevertheless, do you know that an excessive amount of this substance in our system can also pose harm to our health? Yes. Too much amount of triglyceride can turn into fat and make a person obese. Sound scary isn’t it?

Due to this fact, drinking tea is really beneficial especially to those who love eating fatty and sweet foods and yet cares a lot about their figures. Teas in any form can oppose excess triglyceride in one’s body because it has polyphenols that activate a certain enzyme. This enzyme will then dissolve the excess triglyceride in your body.

These teas are proven helpful to get that perfect and healthy shape you’ve always wanted!

  • Green tea- helps build body’s metabolism
  • Star anise tea- promotes good digestion
  • Oolong tea- guards against obesity
  • Peppermint tea- controls the effect of what you eat
  • Rose tea- prevents constipation

Though drinking tea do not promise a fast slimming effect like those artificial drugs and fad diets we often see, drinking it regularly means reduced body fats. If you love to maintain and have that slim, healthy figure but don’t want to undergo artificial ways then try drinking tea. You can actually see it’s even better!

The truth about black tea and caffeine

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Table of Contents

Introduction

If you are wondering How much Caffeine is there really in Black Tea? don’t worry as you will have all the info you need about black tea and caffeine right here.

Black Tea and caffeine

Black tea is similar to the other true versions of tea however one of the biggest variable is the amount of caffeine content. Although black tea might have a lot more caffeine than other versions of tea it has less caffeine when compared to coffee. The average amount of caffeine found in a cup of black tea is around 15mg up to 70mg in an 8 ounce cup.

white ceramic cup on white and blue floral ceramic saucer
Black tea

If you are asking is there caffeine in black tea , then you will know that the answer is yes and have now found out around how much caffeine is in each cup of tea. Although you know how much caffeine is in a general cup of tea there are always several factors to consider in order to find the level content of caffeine a tea has. Tea being extracted from a large and mature leaves, has at least lower caffeine. The tea that came from tips or perhaps leaf buds has higher content of caffeine.

Be mindful that the longer you steep the tea, the more caffeine it produce. Tea made of many pieces of a broken leaf is very easy to infuse and could result to a more caffeine, as opposed to full leaf teas that take time to expand. This is only going to be the case if the steeping time is the same as a bunch of small pieces of tea will have a greater surface area, which will in turn caffeinate more water if all the other variables are the same. If you want that your tea has lesser caffeine content, do not steep it for a long time.

Black tea benefits

Black tea is beneficial to the body. Actually, the ingredients found in black tea make this very useful for many different things. Caffeine is one of the ingredients that can help energize and stimulates the body. The black tea caffeine traits were noticed way back in 1827. It is important to note that too much consumption of caffeine is unhealthy and might lead to some nasty side effects. There are side effects associated with too much caffeine intake like headaches, frequent urination, insomnia, and a lot more.

Black tea informational video

Conclusion

With all the reasons above, people today are curious about the truth regarding black tea. Most are asking if black tea has caffeine, and due to the above mentioned side effects wonder how much black tea they can have before they have too much caffeine in their systems. It is important to bear in mind that the caffeine present in black tea is generally at a lot lower of a level when compared to similar amounts of coffee. So, with this reason, stay away from the caffeine present in coffee. The safer option is black tea. This is because black tea only contains 40 to 45mg of caffeine per 8z whereas; black coffee contains 65 to 120mg per 8oz.  But make sure also that you don’t exceed more than 3 cups of black tea per day. Excessive caffeine intake is not beneficial and like the above mentioned issues that can be caused won’t lead to a great time. Overall there are a lot of black tea benefits to be had, but like everything in life moderation is key.

If you are finding that you need a lot more tea than you can safely consume then you might want to look at either green tea, white tea, or even herbal teas. This is because you can drink a lot more of them without worrying about those nasty side effects due to their lower (and sometimes non-existent) levels of caffeine.

Things to remember when making tea!

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Most important things to think about when making tea!
1. What type of tea do you feel like right now?
2. What is the temperature that I should get the water up to?
3. How clean is the water and equipment I am using to make the tea?
4. How long should I let tea steep?
5. Has there been enough water circulation when making the tea?
6. Do I have to share?
7. Where did all the tea go?
8. Where can I get more tea

What are Yerba Mate side affects

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Table of Contents

Intro to Yerba Mate

For years, yerba mate has been drunk in South American countries due to its social significance of building bonds and strengthening friendships. It is also attributed to numerous health benefits such as its vitamin and mineral content, antioxidant property, and high caffeine content. This is why many people often ask is yerba mate good for you . It is marketed in many countries as a delicious, healthy beverage and energy booster. However, just like any effective medication, yerba mate also has its own fair share of side effects. If you are unsure what is yerba mate then just keep reading and find out for yourself

Yerba Mate and Caffeine

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It increases mental alertness, suppresses the appetite, increases metabolism, and has diuretic and mild laxative properties. Because of these properties, drinking yerba mate in large amounts can cause unwanted side effects. It can cause an stomach upset and frequent urination. Because it is an appetite suppressant and metabolic properties, it can promote weight loss. People with thyroid problems, especially hyperthyroidism must particularly avoid drinking this beverage. Palpitations, anxiety, and nervousness can also occur. It also has the potential to increase blood pressure. People with hypertension and heart problems should see a doctor first before drinking this beverage.

Yerba Mate and children

Because children’s bodies are not yet fully developed, they are more sensitive to the effects of yerba mate. It is not recommended to be drunk by children and definitely should not be drunk by pregnant women. It can cause possible miscarriage and bleeding during pregnancy.

It is believed that yerba mate has antioxidant properties that can help fight cancer. This is a fact supported by studies that yerba mate contains polyphenols, chemicals unique to plants. However, recent studies show that regular drinking of yerba mate put drinkers at risk for certain cancers, especially mouth and esophageal cancers.

Possible drawbacks of too much Yerba

Bladder, kidney and lung cancers have also been attributed to yerba mate. This finding is supported by the fact that yerba mate contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, (PAHs), chemicals which are carcinogenic (cancer-causing).

All good things can never be good when you have too much of it. This also goes true with yerba mate. Although it has desired effects to our body, it also has side effects that can cause potential harm so enjoy this drink in moderation. But again we are not doctors, and many of these issues are what we have found online, not what we have experienced

yerba spoon
A yerba straw

Kombucha tea loose leaf

Reading Time: 3 minutes

They say trends come and go, but are always going to come back.  Tastes seem to circle around our lives and everything goes and comes out of fashion as quickly as they come in. Some things stay in fashion such as tea, sweatpants and flip flops while others quickly come and go like mc hammer pants, vanilla ice comb overs and really many things from the 80′s!


Not saying that anything is wrong with the 80′s but that is not what we are here to talk about today. Right now we are here to talk about one of the oldest spins on tea which is the  Kombucha tea type. According to Wikipedia,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha , Kombucha has been around since the Qin Dynasty ; which is 221-206 BCE in case anyone forgot. That is a pretty long time to say the least, and at that time it was known as “Godly Tsche  or just tea.

So we know this tea is old, but what else is it really? Well Kombucha tea is made when you let tea ferment with sugar and tea. Generally speaking the basis of Kombucha is black tea which has been fermented by a SCOBY.

What is a SCOBY you might ask, well don’t worry if you have no idea what the word is as it is actually an acronym for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast” IF you have never seen one before don’t worry as before I was introduced to the Kombucha tea making process I would’ve never imagined what I came face to face with during my initial introduction. It really looks like a flat jellyfish, or a doughy pancake.

So you have this pancake, often referred to as the mother, and you put tea with it. Now what? Well you wait, and you wait and you wait….


Depending on things such as the temperature in the environment, the caffeine in the tea, the amount of sugar used, as well as the type of sugar used will determine how long you have to wait for your tea to turn into Kombucha.

two mason jars filled with liquid on white surface
two jars of kombucha


Well this is just the intro to Kombucha, so if you are looking for a great place to get tea online then just take a look at our site and see if you can grab some nice teas to be your base for your Kombucha journey.

There are some guidelines as far as the teas to use, but we will cover that in the upcoming articles!

What is Earl Grey

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Table of Contents

Intro to Earl Grey Tea

You might have heard about Earl Grey tea before, as it is somewhat of a popular tea. However, in the past Earl Grey tea was generally just a tea with some bergamot flavoring added to it, whether it was essential oil or flavoring was up to the creator of that blend. However, since tea has really got a boost in the recent years there has been an expansion of the Earl Grey teas that are offered. Below are a couple different variations that we have and some cool descriptions of what the tea is like.

Our favorite Earl Grey Tea


The first one that I am really digging right now is the creamy earl grey. You might ask yourself what exactly creamy earl grey is, and it is pretty much exactly how it sounds :) and that is classic earl grey with a bit of creaminess added. In this particular blend you can see some beautiful blue cornflowers that have been added to accent the visual appeal, and some additional flavors for the black tea base. Along with the traditional bergamot flavor you will find sweet and subtle hints of vanilla and cream. These additional flavors add a depth to the tea that is just amazing.


The next type of new earl grey that has bust onto the market is a personal favorite of mine, which is the earl grey green which is the typical flavor you recall when you think of earl grey, on a green tea base. This combination provides a lighter tea brew and is great for the afternoon when you are starting to wind down. With this blend you might just find your new addition to the tea collection. I know that the first time I enjoyed this mix I was blown away as it satisfied my craving for Earl Grey, all while keeping it on the lighter side.Here is a nice picture of the earl grey green that we offer :

lavender with black tea
loose leaf earl grey tea

The final earl grey that we will go over will be our lovely lavender earl grey which is a perfect addition to any true earl grey lovers mix! This mix blends the traditional earl grey with some really nice lavender pieces and flavors, which result in an amazing calming affect. The tea is both visually amazing and provides a brew and aroma that cannot be match. Take a look for yourself, and you might instantly mellow out, so try not to stare for too long:

So there you have it, a couple of our amazing Earl Grey blends to take a look at and possibly sample. As with all things it is just as important to remember to brew the leaves of the tea correctly to ensure you are getting the best tasting tea possible, so if you ever have any questions about how long to brew or what temperature to brew at don’t be afraid to check out these posts, as they are great refreshers :

white and brown ceramic teapot on wooden tray
time for a tea break!
White Ceramic Cup on Saucer
gloomy days mean tea and blanket time

How to brew white tea

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Table of Contents

How to Make White Tea

Among all the kinds of tea, white tea is the least popular as far as consumption goes, but this is probably due to its relatively new time on the international health scene. Though long appreciated and enjoyed by the Chinese, the Westerners are still quite new to it, white tea having been introduced into the western market only recently.

White tea vs green and black tea

Unlike green, black and oolong tea which are differentiated in the fermentation process; white tea, though coming from the same plant as the others mentioned, come from young tea leaves that are plucked from the plant even before its buds have bloomed. Its buds are covered with a silver thin layer of hair that predominantly becomes white once the leaves are dried and from which the tea is named after.  White tea leaves are not left to dry out in air as with the others, but instead, the freshly picked leaves are steamed.

Types of white tea blends

It also comes in different varieties, with the most known kinds being White Peony and silver needles. White peony consists of one bud and two leaves in every stem while silver needles, since it is considered as the finest quality of white tea, is also the most expensive, and consists purely of buds that resemble silver needles when they dry out.

White tea benefits

White tea is considered to be the healthiest of all Chinese teas because it is the least processed and remains closest to its natural state upon consumption. It also requires the most delicate preparation, but which must not overwhelm enjoyment of its sweet, silky delicious flavor and enticing aroma.

white ceramic teapot and teacup
amazing looking cup of white tea

Experts say the best method of preparing white tea is through the traditional method. It is quite simple but some tips for the right way in preparing it can help bring out its best flavor. As they say the secret to a good tasting tea is in its brewing preparation.

Steps to brewing the perfect white tea

To begin with, choose from among different tea ware, including a gaiwan, glass cup, teapot or porcelain cup from which you will use to brew your tea. The right size of tea ware must be taken into account since tea must ideally be consumed immediately and will lose its potency or taste very bitter if left on the tea ware some time. Glass cups are the most commonly used these days while teapots are the most ideal.

Keep in mind, the right type of water is crucial to come up with the best white tea. This means only cold filtered or purified water should be used and never hard water or water that has been boiled a day before and left to stand for more than 24 hours. Do not mistake to use boiling water as it will definitely ruin the taste.

As you are brewing the water, gather all the necessary materials so you’ll be prepared to put in what’s needed when the right temperature is reached. It is as necessary to come up with the ideal temperature of water used for brewing which should be just about 170 to 180 degrees F.  Either you boil water to more than that temp and allow it to cool down before pouring over to tea leaves or boil water in the exact temperature and immediately pour over tea leaves.

Also remember to add more leaves when you are using loose leaves for your white tea since they are less dense and may not immediately produce the right flavor for you. Be guided with the standard measurement of one tea spoon for every cup of water and adjust to your preference.

Another important factor to watch out for in preparing white tea is the steeping time. Though it is commonly indicated on the packaging, many people tend to take this for granted but it is crucial in bringing out the teas best potential. Usually, three minutes is the ideal period. Steeping leaves too long will make the taste of tea bitter while too short a time will make it bland.

White tea is usually best drunk in its plain and original brew without any sugar or milk additives. You can do it any way that you want, but we suggest you try it without anything added as it can quickly be overpowered and can take away most of its original flavor.

With this easy process and helpful tips, you’ll be able to come up with the best-tasting white tea beverage to enjoy!

The Tea Diet

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Table of Contents

Introduction to the tea diet

Alright alright, I guess that the title of this blog is a bit misleading. Or maybe it is leading you to think that I am a bit crazy about this tea stuff and would say anything to get you to enjoy a cup of tea.

The reality is that if you include tea into your life in the right ways it can help you to lose weight. You can look at this post about green tea diet and you will have a bit more info on the previous talk about adding the drink to your diet.

The truth about the tea diet

However, for this post I will talk pretty much about one way you can lose a lot of your weight by including tea in your life. When I am thirsty I find that a cold soda is the first thing that I reach, or crave. Now the thing is that I am not sure if I like it because:

  • It is cold
  • It is close to me
  • It is always the same tase
  • It is easy to just open
  • It is sweet.

But If we look at those different points it is pretty easy to see that with maybe 5 minutes of work tea can be the answer to all of those questions!

1. Is it cold? Yes tea can be iced and served cold. Just check out how to make iced tea from loose leaf tea or this recipe for amazing loose tea iced tea if you are really stuck.

2. Well tea can be anywhere that soda is. If you keep your sodas in the fridge just reuse a glass bottle and put some tea in there. If you keep it at your desk you can do the same. The only possible issue I could see is that if you keep say a 12 pack in your room/office/house for that once every couple of months treat then tea might not be exactly the same.

3. If you make your tea enough it will not only have the same taste every time, but you should be able to improve or modify the taste depending on how you feel! I don’t think you can make soda less sweater, or stronger, but you can with tea!

4. This goes back to the tea storage, just get a nice glass bottle or brewt to go and you can easily store and take your tea around with you. The Brewt to go is one of my favorite tea accessories which is why I happily stock it now!

5. The final choice is actually one of the biggest differences between tea two drinks, with the favor going to tea on this one. Sure you can get Mexican soft drinks with more cane sugar, or diet drinks with aspartame. But with tea you can actually choose what you sweeten your drink with! Agave, brown sugar, white sugar, dextrose, artificial sweetener really the choice is yours!

Conclusion

Hopefully these points have helped to show you that you can really enjoy tea instead of sodas. If you were to swap out 1 cup of tea for 1 355ml cola you would save around 150 calories. Do that once a week and that is 600 calories a month, over a year that is 7200 calories… or roughly the same amount as 3 days of your average eating intake on a 2200 calorie diet. Think about that, you are actually drinking 3 days worth of food with just 1 can of pop a week, imagine you increase that to 2 pops a week or 1 a day!!!!

Chai Green Tea

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Looking for that Chai flavor with a twist on the traditional mix? Look no further as we have just added Chai Green Tea to our teas. This tea is amazing and the flavor notes will remind you of Chai but the soothing flavor of green creates a nice base for this tea. Blended with your traditional Chai inclusions this tea will be sure to be one of your favorites.

Best if steeped at 180 ° for 2-5 minutes.

Ingredients:  cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom pods, cloves, natural spice flavors, green tea

« Older posts Newer posts »